Elements Of The System 2

Purchasing Manager

Location: AB Dynamics, Bradford on Avon UK

We are looking for a Purchasing Manager to join the Operations Department to head up the purchasing function.

ABOUT AB Dynamics

AB Dynamics is one of the world’s leading specialists in automotive test systems, supplying a range of advanced solutions including driving robots, ADAS soft crash targets and driving simulators to all major vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers globally. The company's unique technology is used for many applications including the development of autonomous vehicles.


  • Oversee the purchasing of electrical and mechanical components for given products/projects
  • Resolve any delivery or quality issues in an efficient manner to prevent delays in the delivery of product to our customer or manufacturing teams
  • Forecasting levels of demand for the products to meet the business needs and maintain stock at the appropriate levels
  • Build strong working relationships with current key suppliers and improve the supply chain where applicable
  • conduct research to source the best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality
  • Confidently liaise and negotiate with suppliers - Direct & In-Direct
  • Confidently liaise and negotiate with internal stakeholders 
  • Ensure company, ISO and EHS policies are adhered to
  • run tenders, evaluate bids and make recommendations, based on commercial and technical factors
  • negotiate and agree contracts, monitoring the quality of service provided
  • manage and motivate a team of procurement staff
  • liaise between suppliers, manufacturers, internal teams such as supply chain, planning, marketing, IT and sales, and customers
  • develop strategies to make sure that cost savings, inventory targets and supplier performance targets are met - or exceeded
  • undertake value for money reviews of existing contracts and arrangements
  • ensure the security and sustainability of sources of essential products and services
  • forecast price trends and their impact on future activities
  • give presentations about market analysis and possible growth
  • develop and implement a procurement strategy
  • analyse data and produce reports and statistics on spending and saving
  • ensure suppliers are aware of business objectives
  • attend meetings and trade conferences
  • keep up to date with trends and innovations, regulation and new technology that can impact on the business

 Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum 10 years business experience gained in buying
  • Experience of leading a small team
  • Strong sense of responsibility and self-motivation
  • Excellent face-to-face and telephone conversation skills
  • Solid background in managing material flow to ensure inventory is maintained to the optimum level to support on time customer deliveries 
  • Able to evaluate and monitor key supplier performance and implement the necessary corrective action


  • Previous experience of working in an electronics manufacturing environment
  • Relevant purchasing qualifications in CIPS or equivalent
  • An understanding of lean principles and continuous improvement
  • Good understanding in mechanical engineering
  • Knowledge of machining and processes
  • A background in purchasing within an engineering organisation
  • Experience working with ISO9001 and 14001 environmental standards Lead/internal auditing to ISO9001 standard

Person Specification

  • Good MS Office skills, particularly Excel and Word
  • Flexible and open to change
  • Proactive and committed to continuous improvement
  • Willing to take ownership and be accountable for decisions and actions
  • Ability to work well independently or as part of a team
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines


We’re an innovative, dynamic company in one of the most interesting areas of automotive engineering. There are plenty of opportunities to develop new skills and experience at AB Dynamics. In addition, we offer a friendly and supportive working environment along with highly competitive salaries, an additional discretionary company bonus and an attractive benefits package, including 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), private healthcare and company pension contributions.  

To apply for this vacancy, please email your CV and a cover letter to recruitment@abdynamics.com

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